MEMORY LANE -- "CELEBRITY ENCOUNTERS" (1996 )
MICKEY BURNS INTERVIEWER / MOUNT LORETTA / 1972 GODFATHER FILM
Mount Loretta is one of those beautiful locations that can be found at the southern part of Staten Island's eastern shore line.......This location, amongst other things, contains a school that encompasses elementary class thru high school for orphaned children and sometimes troubled students; a church where in 1972 several important scenes from the "Godfather Film" were made and filmed, and a historic building located high on a hill by the shore line that I believe can be viewed by tourism after applying and making an appointment for such touring......
While working for the BOE/NYPD in 1996 I would be fortunate enough (or unfortunate depending on ones point of view) to be assigned to Mount Loretta for approximately one week........While at this assignment there would be three very important experiences that would occur during my tour of this location that will remain in my memory......At this autobiography segment I will attempt to "pick my brain" for the first two of those segments that occurred during the beginning of the week....[I will save the third segment for another chapter ~ For this new Chapter that has been written on January 4, 2017 click on this link ~ http://www.americantorque.com/page/0/3664/ I should mention that some of the students that are attending classes at this or any school, like most of us, can sometimes be nervous about their surroundings and not feel comfortable as to what may otherwise be considered to be normal activities in life......
One of those troubled students would be a high school student that had at various times, been in trouble before with other instructors and was in a class room that was taught by a teacher that would later become (or already was) a "celebrity encounter".........This particular class room that was being instructed (by Mickey Burns) was for troubled students and apparently would become an ordeal for the instructor as it ended up with the student assaulting the teacher......
........Since I was working at that school during that time frame (one week) it became my job to have to arrest this student which I did.......I than had to arrange to have the student transported by a police car to a Staten Island Police Station (120 Pct) and did the booking of the student at that station.........On that particular day, without going into too much detail, I had to spend a lot of time with this arrest at this police station and I did my best and succeeded in having the student released and returned to his mom who was also at this police station waiting for her sons disposition.........It was getting late which meant the student would have to go upstate in a holding facility over night that I did not want to happen to him.........My reward for the students concerns was an appreciated hug from his mom after his release which certainly made me feel pretty good as a father myself.....
At that time we were still under the Board of Ed's jurisdiction .......In 1999 we became a part of the NYPD..........
Since that time, I later learned that Mr Burns (the instructor) was an interviewer of many different celebrities and I caught many of his shows on television........Co-incidentally, this past January (2011) Liz and I went to St. Martin by cruise ship and while on the ship and also in St. Martin I thought [but am not certain as 15 years have past] that I saw Mickey several times.......I never approached him as I felt it would be an awkward situation, under the circumstances, if it really turned out to be him......(if it wasn't him, he certainly has a double living somewhere out there in this wonderful planet of ours).......
I've also learned that he has a Facebook page and may send him a "friend" request at some future date. (note: the "friend" request has been sent tonight to Mickey Burns and I have received a positive reply from him)..........
Should you wish to see the Mount Loretta grounds, the "Godfather" clip and/or one of Mickey Burns' interviews (Eli Wallach) just click on any one of the video's below....
The above url (Link) will take one to the Mickey Burns TV interview Show and browsing thru them will get one to see such celebrity interviews Like Joan Rivers, Ernest Borgnine, Eric Roberts and many, many others, but please keep in mind that since there are now approximately 400 interviews it may take quite a bit of scrolling to come to them lol ~
The above url (Link) will take one to Mickey Burns Wikipedia
It has been now over 5 years ago that I put this story to print and just a couple of weeks ago on Sunday September 18, 2016 my wife Elizabeth and I decided that we should go to the Snug Harbor 2016 Fence Art Show and as fate would have it I got to meet Mickey Burns again ~ I walked up to him, told him who I was and he remembered me when I gave him my name ~ Mickey and I spoke for a while and during our conversation he gave me a proposed secret happening for his profiles TV Show that I am sorry to say cannot be revealed at this time ~ When and if it does happen I will be the first to tell you about it too ~
During the Art Show, that I too exhibited with my art works many many years ago and someday I will take a photo of the newspaper clipping and show it here for all to see of that Art Show, I also got to meet the following Artist ~ The photo has been added and the newspaper date was September 9, 1968 ~
Gregory Perillo the famous Artist of Staten Island who has had so many of his accomplishments published in the Staten Island Advance Newspaper and I bought up the subject that I worked with his Police Officer Nephew Gabe at New Dorp High School ~ Perillo is now in his early 90s and introduced me to his younger wife of 63 years old ~ He confided in me that during his years of Art Work he was able to make and was proud of the fact that he made much ($$$) more than a famous Baseball player of todays times ~ See also his video below that makes reference to his Native American Paintings and at the end of that video makes further reference to other Perillo Videos too ~
Palma Mingozzi who later friended me on FaceBook ~ Palma had much of her beautiful Art Works at Table 5 and we discussed several of the other Artist at the Fence show too along with many other subjects ~
Although I saw Sarah Yuster at Table 15 she was so busy with the public that was viewing her Art Works that I decided it best not to interrupt her at that time ~ My wife was tempted to purchase some of her 'stuff' tho ~ Today on October 3, 2016 my wife and I went to Snug Harbor and noticed that there was a lot of 'happenings' by the building where wedding parties are held and when I asked one of the men that was unloading his truck if they where making a film he said no but they were setting up for a party. Anyway we went to the museum and while we were viewing some of the art work and paintings on the second floor I saw a beautiful painting that was done in two parts and the artist was none other than Sarah Yuster the young lady at Table 15 at the Art Show just a couple of weeks ago ~ Small world as they say lol ~ We latter went to a restaurant called 'Adobe Blue' not too far from Snug Harbor and were served by an interesting young lady that we shared many story's together ~ She was so interesting that I was compelled to give her this Chapter 15 for her reading as she said that although she had been to Snug Harbor she did not know of Mickey Burns ~
Denny Pizzini was a famous sculpture who also makes his own molds too and his work was phenomenal I must say ~ He was at Table 71 and it was he who introduced me to Perillo who was also admiring his work at that time ~
When we later went to the 'Blue Restaurant' just up the block for dinner I noticed Scott LaBaido's famous flag painted truck parked out side and after we went in and sat down there was Scott with some friends at another table ~ I met Scott in the past when he was preparing his 'Empty Chairs' memorial exhibit after the Sandy Storm and I might also mention that many years ago he sat behind my daughter in History Class at New Dorp High School ~
~ Nick 9/29/16
nickmon4321 on May 20, 2013 said:
Turn up your volume
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